Ranchland Trust of Kansas

Founded by the Kansas Livestock Association, RTK is an affiliate of KLA with the mission to preserve

This entity is a non-profit organization founded by the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) in 2003. The Ranchland Trust of Kansas (RTK) is an affiliate of Kansas Livestock Association.


Thank you to all buyers at the RTK live and silent auction! Thanks to you, it was our most successful KLA convention auction to date, and we really appreciate your support!

Karen Laue, Mary Ann Kniebel, Barb Downey, Debbie Lyons-Blythe
John McCurry
Dalebanks Angus
Jen Bradley
Barth Crouch
David McComb
Lyndi Bernard
Debbie Barby
Keith Bryant
Brian Bertelsen
Luke Betzen
Bryan Rickard
Pam Bailey
Peyton Piepho
Sam Sterling
Matt Durler
Leisha Carpenter


Thank you to all of the wonderful RTK auction donors! It was our most successful KLA convention auction to date, and we couldn't have done it without you.

Secretary, Mike Beam
Phillip Solorio, Sundgren Realty
Mira 3 Photography and Open Triangle Photography
Scott & Patti Strickland
Perrin's Jewelry
Perry/Lecompton FFA
Rickard Custom Creations
Scarlett Madinger
White Start Machinery, Edi Clark
Carolyn Gresser
Frank & Ann Kohman
Bruce Hogle
Greg Kramos
Kevin & Nancy Stous


Each year we are most thankful for YOU, our generous donors who care so deeply about the land. Thank you for all you do for land conservation in Kansas.

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Ranchland Trust of Kansas.

Please have a safe, happy holiday with friends and family.

Photo by North 40 Photography + Designs


Get a bird’s eye view of your farm or ranch with this drone package which includes a 90 second DVD and 20+ still images. The buyer can provide a digital logo to be incorporated into the video. This offer is good for any location within 100 miles of Wichita. A $400 value!

This item is donated by Phillip Solorio, Sundgren Realty & Auction and will be in the live auction at KLA convention on Wednesday, November 29. If you cannot attend the auction, you can bid online at LiveAuctions.tv.

“I would highly recommend the drone package to anyone who has a love for their land! It’s amazing to see my family’s farm from a different perspective and to have photos and video that we can look back on for years to come. I was able to keep the shoot a secret from my family and surprise them with it on Christmas, which made it even more special. This unique auction item could be used many ways, including marketing for your ranch!” - Shelbi Wiggs


Congratulations to Ray and Susan Flickner and family on being awarded the 2023 Kansas Leopold Conservation Award!


Bid on this beautiful bison canvas at the upcoming silent auction at KLA convention! This photo was taken by Greg Kramos. “Given the recent Ken Burns documentary on American bison, I thought it would be fitting for the auction.” It was taken while on a tour of Konza Prairie on a very windy day. Greg said, “I captured this image right as the bison turned. I enjoyed how it made him look so majestic, and made it easy to imagine the once massive herds that used to roam our prairies.”

If you can’t attend the auction on November 29 and 30, please email [email protected] to place a bid. Thank you!

Photos from Ranchland Trust of Kansas's post 11/15/2023

Check out this stunning and unique charcuterie board donated by Carolyn Gresser. This will be up for bid at the RTK silent auction at KLA convention November 29 and 30. If you cannot attend, contact [email protected] to place a bid.


Join our herd! As part of the RTK herd, you are a part of this community. Your support of the mission creates the capacity to assist landowners who protect Kansas’ working landscapes for the next rancher. Thank you for being a part of the community, the RTK herd, and the future of Kansas agriculture.

RTK is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, donations may be tax-deductible. To give today, visit https://ranchlandtrustofkansas.org/donate/


On this Veterans Day, we want to express our gratitude to all the men and women who have served and sacrificed for our freedom.


Join us in three weeks at the next coffee hour with RTK! We will meet in Wichita on Wednesday, November 29 at the Hyatt Regency lobby. There is a café that serves Starbucks coffee. All are welcome to come meet our new board members and learn more about us prior to the RTK Board of Directors meeting at KLA convention.


RTK will have a silent auction at KLA convention and trade show on November 29 and 30. Thank you to Bruce Hogle for a framed canvas of this image, which was taken near Elmdale, KS using a long exposure technique. He took a continuous series of 10 second exposures, which records only light that is new relative to the previous exposure. The camera combines all of the images to create the final piece. A unique opportunity to own this work of art.

If you would like to place a bid but cannot attend the event, please contact [email protected].


A live auction will take place at Kansas Livestock Association's annual convention the evening of November 29. One of the RTK items up for bid is a western photo shoot. This is a collaboration between photographers Justine Henderson of Open Triangle Photography and Rachael Sebastian of Mira 3 Photography.

This shoot may include full day coverage of any western setting/event including: branding, gathering, rodeo, etc. Depending on date & location, it will be both or just one photographer. Full edited gallery of digital photos will be delivered via online gallery.

If you are on our mailing list, you may have learned about how these two met and more of their story in our recent fall/winter newsletter. This is a picture of one of their first collaborations. Photo of Justine taken by Rachael, edited by Justine. Thank you to both of these ladies who are great supporters of land conservation and ranching heritage. We love being part of their story!

If you cannot attend the auction but wish to bid, the sale will be broadcast on LiveAuctions.tv


Did you know that you can set up recurring donations to RTK? On our website, donors can show their support by making a recurring donation and set the frequency - monthly, quarterly or annually.

RTK continues to work hard to conserve agricultural grasslands in Kansas and can't do this important work without you. If you would like to join the herd, please visit https://www.ranchlandtrustofkansas.org/donate/

Photo by Mike Scheufler


RTK HATS FOR SALE. If you are interested, please visit our website. Hats are $25 each and come in different styles and colors.



Did you know you can support your favorite non-profit organization by shopping at Dillons? Each time you swipe your Dillons Plus card, a certain percent of your purchase will be donated to RTK at no additional cost to you!

It is easy to enroll, simply visit https://www.dillons.com/communityrewards and create an account. RTK’s organization number is AP462.

If you want to check if you are already enrolled, login to your Dillons account on your computer or app on your phone and click “my account” then on the left menu bar click “Community Rewards.”

Please let us know if you need help getting enrolled for the Community Rewards Program. Thank you for shopping and supporting RTK!


The RTK ladies spent the day in beautiful Greenwood County with former board member, Heather Fuesz, searching for a Prairie Picnic site. We got to learn about local history and see some historical sites and buildings. Thanks for showing us around, Heather! We had a great day!


RTK is now accepting donations for silent auction items at the Kansas Livestock Association convention and trade show. RTK will have a silent auction November 29 & 30 in Wichita. Anything can be donated from artwork, photography, woodwork, leather, children's items or toys, pottery, jewelry, handmade items, quilts, purses/bags, etc. Thank you to the wonderful auction donors! We appreciate your support!


Congratulations again to the Top 10! If you would like to purchase prints from the photography contest, please contact the photographer directly. You can also message us or email [email protected] and we will connect you directly with the photographer you wish to order from.

Later in the year we will have photo stationery cards available to purchase through the RTK website, or purchase last year's cards today! https://ranchlandtrustofkansas.org/rtk-photo-contest/

Now head on over to RTK's Instagram page to see our latest reel featuring the Top 30 and a must hear song!

Once again, congratulations to all winners. Thank you for sharing your talents with us this year.


RTK stationery cards are available to purchase on our website: https://ranchlandtrustofkansas.org/rtk-photo-contest/

$20 per 10 card set. These card sets feature one of each winner in the 2022 photography contest. Cards are blank inside and come with white envelopes. Make a great gift or stock up on cards to use for all occasions!

Photos from Ranchland Trust of Kansas's post 10/10/2023

Last night a nice group gathered at Sandhills Brewing in Mission for An Evening in Old Mission to support Ranchland Trust of Kansas. Thanks to Sandhills Brewery for providing the drinks and beautiful venue, and also thanks to Chilakillers food truck! Attendees enjoyed authentic Mexican food and Sandhills crafted a special beer just for the occasion. A great time was had by all. Please enjoy these photos from the event and thanks again to all who were able to attend and support RTK.


We would like to thank L'image in Wichita for sponsoring the photography contest again this year. The locally owned photo printing and picture framing store has been in business for over 25 years, specializing in their ready-to-hang plaque mount, which each photo contest winner will receive. We are very grateful for their sponsorship and generosity.

Visit the L'image website: https://limage.biz/

Photos from Ranchland Trust of Kansas's post 10/09/2023

Wow, Kansas is beautiful! Last week you learned that Scott Bean won grand prize and Haven Johnson won Fan Favorite. Check out our other category winners in this year's photography contest with these stunning images. Congratulations to all.

Callahan McIver - Landscape
Lacey Jones - Honorable Mention
Loree Krier - Wildflower or Wildlife
Justine Henderson - People
Crystal Socha - Livestock
Ashley Fischer Kansas Livestock Association member
Kaycee Gross - Youth
Lauren Fischer - Sunrise or Sunset


Congratulations to grand prize winner, Scott Bean. His photo has won this year's photography contest. The photo was taken in the Flint Hills near Manhattan. It is a great representation of Kansas landscapes and livestock.

Scott said, "The evening light was perfect for showing the shapes of the Flint Hills and I really liked the depth of the view and how you could see a long way across the prairie here. Having this photo selected for the grand prize was a surprise, there is so much great photography entered into the RTK contest each year, which is a testament to all the talented photographers around the state and the beauty of our landscapes and the compelling scenes of ranch life and agriculture."

Thank you to all photographers for entering our contest. Each year is more difficult than the last for the judges to choose from the amazing set of entries.

Check back next week when all category winners will be revealed!

Photos from Ranchland Trust of Kansas's post 10/03/2023

The month of October officially marks the 20th anniversary date for RTK. We have worked with 18 families to conserve more than 17,000 acres with 24 voluntary conservation agreements.

Over the past 20 years, landowners and supporters have ensured Kansas’ agricultural lands, which are critical for livestock grazing, wildlife habitat, people and water, are protected forever.

RTK has celebrated the anniversary all year long by highlighting important milestones and sharing success stories through e-newsletters and social media. Enjoy these photo memory highlights of events and other special occasions over the years. Thank you for celebrating with RTK all year long!


In a close race, with 440 votes, this photo by Haven Johnson of Assaria has won the Fan Favorite category in RTK's annual photography contest. Congratulations to Haven!

Be sure to check back later this week when we announce the Grand Prize winner, and next week when we announce all category winners.


As some of you may know, we made a documentary!

Presented by California Rangeland Trust and directed by Keely Brazil Covello and Michaela Brazil Gillies, You Just Can’t See Them From the Road is a documentary portrait of modern West Coast ranchers—invisible to and misunderstood by the rapidly modernizing society they sustain.

You can learn more about the film by following our Instagram page .


All are welcome to join us for "An Evening in Old Mission."

Monday, October 9
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
$100 per person
Sandhills Brewing, 5612 Johnson Dr, Mission, KS 66202

Enjoy an evening in Old Mission (Kansas) with old and new friends. Event includes authentic Mexican food by Chillakillers food truck, a special beer crafted onsite by Sandhills Brewing just for the occasion, and ci**rs on the patio and in the breezeway. You will also learn more about RTK and our mission to preserve the ranching heritage and landscapes of Kansas. Tickets are limited to the first 50 sold. Don’t wait to register!



We have quite a few new followers that we have gained from the photography contest voting. We would like to introduce ourselves and welcome you to our page! Here you will find news about land conservation in Kansas and how we work to preserve Kansas agricultural lands for future generations.

RTK is a non-profit affiliate of the second largest livestock association in the country. RTK was founded by the Kansas Livestock Association in 2003. We work with landowners to protect land from development with conservation easements. RTK does not own any land. To learn more about us, please visit www.ranchlandtrustofkansas.org.


Recently RTK and many conservation partners from across the state were hosted by Ducks Unlimited to share program updates. About 40 people gathered in Great Bend, Kansas, for a full day of valuable conversation and team building. Thank you, DU!

Photos from Ranchland Trust of Kansas's post 09/25/2023

One week remains to vote for your favorite photos entered in this year's photography contest. Help us choose the fan favorite category winner by voting for your favorites with a "like" by 5:00 on Monday, October 2. Thank you and good luck to our wonderful photographers.


North 40 Photography & Designs is looking for a fall branding to attend and capture images. If you know anyone who might be interested, please tag them, or reach out to Josie Alexander directly on her page. Thank you!


Last week you learned about the America the Beautiful grant awarded to RTK and four other land trust partners across the region. See the map below for grassland blocks in the PLJV region where this project will focus.

Through this project, the partners will work together to implement land protection that benefits at-risk wildlife, expands habitat connectivity, provides a range of ecosystem services, engages local communities, and contributes to their economies. These goals can be achieved thanks to the combined expertise of the partners, each with their own unique strengths.


Don't forget RTK is celebrating it's 20th anniversary all year long! You won't want to miss the monthly e-newsletter, which features a new highlight story over the past 20 years. Join the celebration and sign-up to receive RTK e-news today!



You have until 7:00 tonight to place your bid!


RTK is selling four front row tickets to the K-State vs. Missouri football game this Saturday in Columbia! 🏈

Tickets are located in Section 118, Row 1, Seats 1-4.

The blind auction will run for 48 hours.

📣 To bid, you must email [email protected] and include your bid amount, along with your name and cell phone number. 📣

The blind auction will end Thursday (9/14) at 7:00 p.m.

The winning bidder will be notified via text or email Thursday evening.

Tickets are digital and will be sent via text or email.

Proceeds benefit Ranchland Trust of Kansas.

Photos from Ranchland Trust of Kansas's post 09/13/2023

Can you help us select the Fan Favorite category winner in this year’s photography contest? Choose as many as you like from the top 30 photos selected from hundreds entered. Be sure to vote for your favorites with a "like" by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 2. Click on any photo to start voting! The photo with the most "likes" will win the Fan Favorite category. Be sure to share your favorites to help it receive more likes! The Fan Favorite will be announced on October 2 after voting closes. All other category winners will be announced the following week. Photo contest winners will be notified via email. Good luck!


Meet the RTK photo contest guest judge, Jim Richardson.

Jim is a Kansas native and has traveled the world as a National Geographic photographer for over 35 years. He also speaks nationally and internationally. He and his wife, Kathy, live in Lindsborg where his work is featured in their store, Small World Gallery.

Did you know he is the co-founder of "Eyes On Earth" which is an educational collaborative that works to inspire the next-generation of environmental photographers.

Jim joins our panel of judges consisting of other RTK and KLA representatives. We want to thank him for his time and dedication to RTK over the years.

Check back later to vote on the RTK photo contest fan favorite category and see all category winners announced on social media next month.



RTK is selling four front row tickets to the K-State vs. Missouri football game this Saturday in Columbia! 🏈

Tickets are located in Section 118, Row 1, Seats 1-4.

The blind auction will run for 48 hours.

📣 To bid, you must email [email protected] and include your bid amount, along with your name and cell phone number. 📣

The blind auction will end Thursday (9/14) at 7:00 p.m.

The winning bidder will be notified via text or email Thursday evening.

Tickets are digital and will be sent via text or email.

Proceeds benefit Ranchland Trust of Kansas.


The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) awarded a four-year, $4 million America the Beautiful grant to support the PLJV partnership – including Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, Nebraska Land Trust, New Mexico Land Conservancy, Ranchland Trust of Kansas, and Texas Agricultural Land Trust – in conserving more than 250,000 acres of grassland.

Learn more here: https://pljv.org/nfwf-awards-4-million-america-the-beautiful-grant-to-land-trust-partnership/

Check back next week as we highlight the grassland area where this project will focus.

Photo by John D. Morrison, Prairie Vistas Photography

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